WHAT BLACK BEAR BELIEVES
Black Bear believes in innovation for a cleaner world. We view the global environment crisis as an opportunity to make meaningful change.
Using a Circular Economy model, we transform used-tires into high quality, safe, simple to use & sustainable products.
We just happen to produce the world’s highest quality ‘upcycled’ Carbon Black.
Ad van OorschotSpecialties Sales
Ad van Oorschot
After finishing his chemical education (HBO) he started working as a R&D chemist and applications laboratory group leader. Later in his career he also finished an executive MBA in strategic marketing/general management. Getting in contact with customers and the market he decided to give his career a commercial twist and since then he has been working at the edge of sales, marketing and technical service, including a position at Cabot as technical service manager. In these positions he also gained a lot of international carbon black experience. He has been working for over 35 years in ink & coating related industries.Berry van BrusselTechnical operations
Berry van Brussel
Berry has a background in Operations with multiple manufacturing companies in the Netherlands. At Black Bear he is the driving force in customer sample preparation and helping the R&D team to make formulations and experiment. His nickname within Black Bear is ‘BlackBerry’.Bianca van DoeselaarOffice Manager
Bianca van Doeselaar
Bianca is the Office Manager at Black Bear Carbon. Bianca is responsible for finance, personnel and subsidies administration. The variation of tasks within Black Bear gives her the challenge that she needs to keep on improving her own skills. She brings to Black Bear her previous experiences in setting up administrations for small/start-up companies in relation to subsidies. With her organisation and structuring skills she makes sure that an organisation is well organized. And, of course, she does everything without losing her cool.Chris TwiggProduct / R&D
Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the rubber industry and has worked in capacities of technical, production and general management in the South African rubber industry. In 2006 he joined DSM Elastomers as a rubber technical expert. His knowledge of carbon black and his in-depth understanding of customer needs ensure Black Bear’s focus on producing products that the market requires. He is also responsible for product innovation and IP strategy.Clara SongFinance & Business
Clara graduated from University College London and London School of Economics with a MEng degree in mechanical engineering and business finance. After a short stint in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, she worked as a rail systems engineer on some of the largest rail projects worldwide and advised lenders in relation to investing in rail PPP projects. Clara is personally passionate about Black Bear and super excited to grow it internationally. Clara is a yogini working towards qualifying as an ashtanga yoga teacher and still remains a railway enthusiast.Dion WirokarsoProcess Engineer
Dion graduated from the Hanzehogeschool in Groningen as a chemical engineer. Before his studies, he lived in Suriname for 19 years. Throughout his study, Dion was inspired by the quote: ‘’vertrouwen in eigen kunnen’’ (“confidence in your own ability”). Before working at Black Bear Carbon, he did his final internship at Ingenia BV. After graduating he was asked to prove his own abilities at Black Bear Carbon. Dion is also the youngest cub of the Black Bear family.Ide EngelsmaProcess Engineer
Ide has a MSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Technology in Enschede. Before starting at Black Bear Carbon, Ide worked at several industry-leading service providers as an R&D engineer, project engineer, and project manager. During these positions he worked on developing waste to energy and waste to oil projects, from which his enthusiasm for Black Bear originated. The foundation for safety practices and proper engineering structures was set when Ide started a small engineering department at the Shell refinery in the Rotterdam area where he worked for 4 years as an engineering manager.Jan JonkmanCommercial
Jan started his own companies in China in 1991, both international technical businesses in the waste management sector that continue to operate successfully. Jan, together with Ronald, initiated a process of reusing waste tires in a meaningful way in 2010. Jan manages Black Bear’s commercial relationships, its partnerships with other industry players, and relations with governments.Joost RaimondConstruction
Joost holds a B.SC. in Mechanical Engineering from the Hogeschool Groningen and worked for Fluor, a Fortune 500 company that delivers engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management to clients around the world. In 2003, Joost founded Worx Project Management & Consultancy and operates on projects across commercial and industrial environments. Within Black Bear, Joost is responsible for integrating the activities of engineering, procurement and construction functions as well as managing all (sub) contractor activities.Martijn Lopes CardozoCEO
Martijn Lopes Cardozo
Entrepreneur and international executive. In the USA he built and grew a number of technology companies, all of which had successful exits. Returning to The Netherlands in 2008 Martijn has had strategy and M&A roles at large corporations. Martijn is responsible for setting company strategy and for getting the best out of team members. Martijn has a MSc degree in Applied Physics from TU Delft and an MBA from Harvard Business School.Patricia GeelenR&D - Technical Support
After her PhD in polymer chemistry, at the Technical University in Eindhoven, Patricia has gained a broad experience in the coatings and specialties industry. She has worked at various small and large companies creating new products ranging from floor coatings, to shampoo additives to coated fertilizers. She loves thinking out of the box and creating a working project out of any idea. Within Black Bear she will put her organizing skills to use by enhancing the R&D structure as well as the quality control and customer support aspect.Peter RoversQC & Technical Support
After earning a BSc in Environmental Science Peter worked in building physics, specialized in sound insulation, acoustics and other related environmental examination for several years. As he is also well-known for industrial quality control, within Black Bear Peter is responsible for performing, planning, preparing and coordinating the lab tests, as well as R&D sample preparation and day-to-day lab management (e.g. Safety Health Environment & Quality). Besides being part of the Black Bear team, Peter is a passionate musician, being a bass player/singer in different styles and multiple bands. Recording songs and performing live shows is 2nd nature to him.Pieter ter KuileFinance
Pieter ter Kuile
Pieter worked at McKinsey & Co, after which he managed his own company in fraud investigation. Since 1994 Pieter worked with Kempen & Co, where he started the mergers & acquisitions practice and was managing director of Corporate Finance. Within Black Bear he is responsible for finance and relations with partners and clients.Rik LeunissenCommercial & Business
Rik has a MSc in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) from Delft University of Technology, next to which he founded two companies which are still running successfully. Before starting at Black Bear he worked as a Strategy Consultant for Bain & Company for 4.5 years in both their Amsterdam and San Francisco/Silicon Valley offices. Within Black Bear Rik is responsible for international sales, marketing and business development. Finally, he likes to be a globe trotter, e.g. having made a 6 month 4x4 road trip in Southern & Eastern Africa.Ronald VerberneEngineering
Ronald is a chemical engineer specialized in waste management. He is a co-founder and Managing Director of the engineering consultancy company Ingenia B.V. He has advised over twenty companies in green technologies and recycling projects. He is highly experienced in turn-key projects. Within the Black Bear team Ronald is responsible for all technical aspects and for executing the plant installation.Sander BeckersElectrical and Automation
Sander holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven. After his study Sander worked in the field of recycling by designing and commissioning control systems for waste recycling plants all over the world. In his second job Sander gained broader skills in industrial automation in the fields of industry like chemical, food and machine control doing several projects in the Netherlands. Within Black Bear Sander is responsible for electrical and automation systems including software and SCADA. To be able to use his skills and be able to contribute to turn an environmental problem into usable product brought Sander to Black Bear.Serge KlunderSales
Serge has a MSc in Business Engineering from the University of Antwerp and has over 20 years of experience in the sale of raw materials to the rubber and tire industry in EMEA. Before joining Black Bear Carbon, he worked for 15 years with Birla Carbon where he started the Belgian and Spanish decanting stations and was Director of Terminal operations. Later on he joined the sales team and was in charge of Benelux, UK and Nordic regions. Within Black Bear he is responsible for sales to the Tire and TRG market. Did you know his first contact with carbon black was already during high school while loading bulk tankers as a student job?Wim MartinussenConstruction Superintendent / Safety
Wim has over 30 years of experience in Construction/Commissioning management. Wim has a MSc in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Instrumentation. For many years he worked for PMC Services Spain. He has worked all over the globe in the Power Plants and Oil & Gas industry. At Black Bear, he is working as Construction Superintendent/Safety officer.
Step 1 - Pre-production.
Before reaching the Black Bear facility the steel is removed from the tires. It will also be recycled, thereby contributing to the circular economy solution.
Step 2. Carbonisation
Tire rubber is heated in the absence of oxygen under controlled conditions of temperature and time. The rubber is broken down into much smaller molecules which are released as a gas, leaving behind a solid carbonaceous char. This char is valuable because it contains all of the high value “furnace” carbon blacks that were used to manufacture new tires.
Step 3. De-agglomeration
‘De-agglomeration’ is the process of breaking down the carbonaceous char material into smaller particles (or aggregates). The process controls the ‘particle size distribution’ (PSD) of the final product. PSD is a key product performance property as it relates to carbon black’s reinforcing effect in rubber compounds.
Step 4. Pelletising
Pelletising solves the handling and storage problems associated with fluffy carbon black powder by effectively increasing its bulk density by three to four times. During this step the fluffy carbon black is combined with controlled amounts of water and binding agents in a pelletiser mixer. Large volumes of air are removed from the carbon black powder and pellets.
Step 5. Drying
Water that was used in the pelletising step is now evaporated under controlled conditions. A very small amount of binding agent remains behind and ensures that the dried pellets hold together with sufficient strength to withstand packaging and transportation handling. The pellets are also soft enough to be easily broken down to their original primary particle size.
Step 6. Finished Product
The end result, our carbon black, reaches its final destination. Providing a unique balance of mechanical and dynamic reinforcing characteristics with extremely low PAH, our carbon blacks as a sustainable, one-to-one replacement to many ASTM furnace carbon blacks in tires and technical rubber goods.
OUR PARTNERSThe Netherlands Circular Hotspot“The Netherlands Circular Hotspot’ campaign positions the Netherlands as an international circular hotspot during the time of the Dutch presidency of the EU in 2016. Circle Economy and prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme (INSID) collaborate with a diverse group of decision makers and visionaries to discuss how The Netherlands can inspire governments and international businesses to take action”Cradle to Cradle“The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization, educates and empowers manufacturers of consumer products to become a positive force for society and the environment, helping to bring about a new industrial revolution”.Circle Economy“A social enterprise, organised as a cooperative, Circle Economy accelerates the transition to circularity through on the ground, action focused, development of practical and scalable solutions.”De Groene Zaak“Dutch Sustainable Business (DSB) unites over two hundred pioneering companies. We are the Dutch Chapter of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), work closely with Climate-KIC, and are a founding partner of Ecopreneur. All our partners hold to a clear business principle: transforming our current economic order to a sustainable and circular one as fast as possible”.OPZuid“The Operational Programme South Netherlands 2014-2020 (OPZuid) is a European funding program for the provinces of Zeeland, Limburg and North Brabant. Spearheads are promoting innovation and the transition to a low carbon economy. The program is focused on innovative SMEs and strengthening the cooperation between industry, universities and governments”.ASTM“ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence”.Eco-innovation - European Commission“The eco-innovation initiative bridges the gap between research and the market. It helps good ideas for innovative products, services and processes that protect the environment become fully-fledged commercial prospects, ready for use by business and industry. In doing so the initiative not only helps the EU meet its environmental objectives but also boosts economic growth”.
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What does Black Bear do?
Black Bear brings the circular economy to tires. We enable the production of valuable raw materials (carbon black) from end-of-life tires for re-use in tires, technical rubber products, plastics, paint and ink. We provide technology, product development and marketing and sales expertise of our carbon black products. While we are primarily focussed on the production of high quality carbon black, the process also yields an important bi-product – green energy. This is in the form of high calorific gas and oil, which can be converted to heat, electricity or steam and provides an additional income stream within the business model. We partner with tire collectors and offer our high quality products as raw materials to the Industry.
What is Carbon Black?
Carbon black is a form of elemental carbon that is manufactured by the controlled vapour-phase pyrolysis and partial combustion of hydrocarbons. Several processes have been used to produce carbon black, including the oil-furnace, impingement (channel), lampblack, thermal (decomposition of natural gas) and acetylene (decomposition) processes. Carbon blacks are commonly referred to by the process or the source material from which they are made, e.g. furnace black, lamp black, thermal black, acetylene black and channel black. The different grades from the various processes have certain unique characteristics, but it is now possible to produce reasonable approximations of most of these grades using the oil-furnace process, by which more than 95% of the total output of carbon black is produced. In contrast to carbon black, soot is a material of varying and often unknown composition that is an unwanted by-product of the incomplete combustion of all types of material that contain carbon, such as waste oil, coal, paper, rubber, plastic, household waste and also some fuel oils. Soots have a small surface area of available carbon due to their large particle size and low carbon content. They typically contain large quantities of solvent-extractable materials, and their ash content can be 50% or more. The Black Bear process essentially extracts the furnace carbon blacks from end-of-life tires and then upcycles it in such a way that its defining quality features (surface area, structure, surface chemistry and composition) provide comparable in-rubber performance to furnace grades such as N330 but with enhanced dynamic performance characteristics such as lower tan delta, lower hysteresis and reduced Payne effect. These are important characteristics, for example in tires, where low rolling resistance and fuel economy are important. It also provides good performance as a pigment with high tinting strength and a low PAH content as an additional benefit.
How do you get resources to make Carbon Black?
The Black Bear process uses end-of-life tires to produce carbon black. Each year over one billion tires are removed from vehicles, constituting around 13.5 million tons of solid waste. As tires contain around 25% carbon black. This means that this waste-stream contains approximately 3.4 million tons of carbon black. Through the eyes of BlackBear, a mountain of tires is like a mountain of gold!Therefore we took up the challenge of investigating how to extract the carbon black in a way that is both profitable and friendly to our environment – and perhaps most importantly from a commercial perspective in a way that restores the carbon black to a quality level at least as good as the original product.So Black Bear partners with established tire collectors who can use the Black Bear technology to turn this vast waste stream into a valuable raw material. Before the tires enter the Black Bear process, the steel will be removed and recycled, and the rubber will be converted into granulate.
What is different in your process of making Carbon Black
Traditional furnace or ‘virgin’ carbon black is produced from fossil fuels, by partially burning crude oil under controlled conditions. Depending on the grade it takes between 1.8 and 2.5 litres of fossil fuels to produce 1 kg of carbon black. The standard way of producing carbon black is very polluting. Furnace carbon black manufacturers emit around 38 million tons of CO₂ per year. The ±7.2 million tons of carbon black consumed by the tire industry every year creates an additional environmental issue because after use these tires are mostly burned or landfilled, polluting the environment and wasting the carbon black. In contrast, the Black Bear process uses end-of-life tires as feedstock to produces consistent, high quality carbon blacks. This circular economy approach not only massively reduces CO₂ emissions but also helps solve an important waste management problem. Interestingly, the Black Bear process produces more energy than it consumes, thereby having a beneficial effect on the environment.
Carbon Black (product)
Can your Carbon Black achieve the same quality standards as regular Carbon Black
Yes, with Black Bear’s technology it has become possible to recover high quality carbon blacks that are equal (and in some cases better) than virgin carbon blacks in terms of technical performance. Please see our product pages under ‘Carbon Black users’ for more details or contact us directly!
Does your Carbon Black have a lower Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) content?
Yes, our process effectively ‘cleans’ furnace carbon blacks to a PAH content of <5ppm. This means our products are extremely clean and very suitable for food- and human contact applications. We are proud to produce the world’s first ‘green and clean’ carbon blacks!
How can I proceed if I am interested in testing your Carbon Black?
Can you guarantee a regular supply?
Yes, Black Bear’s first production line produces a stable annual output of 5000 ton/year, allowing us to continuously serve customers across market segments. Considering over 1.5B tires come to the end of their life every year, and we currently process ‘only’ 1-2M of them there is no shortage of supply in the near future! Also, Black Bear is in well progressed conversations with potential partners across the world to add additional production capacity.
What are the benefits of purchasing greener Carbon Black?
Using a more sustainable, ‘greener’ carbon black highly improves the environmental footprint of your products, as well as lowering the PAH content – making it better suitable for food- and human contact applications. Currently, carbon blacks are created by burning oil and/or gas which obviously is a highly polluting process that puts great pressure on the environment and our natural resources. Typically, replacing virgin carbon black with green carbon black from Black Bear saves 5-7 ton CO2 for each ton of substituted material.
Also, with Black Bear’s technology, it has become possible to recover high quality carbon blacks that are equal (and in some cases better) than virgin carbon blacks in terms of technical performance.
Technology Roll Out
Are you planning on rolling out to every country of the world?
Yes, waste tires and the associated environmental problems are in every country of the world. We are very excited to resolve this problem with our Circular Economy approach. We prefer to work with local partners and governments in order to maximize our positive environmental impact.
I am not a tire recycler, can I become a Black Bear partner?
Absolutely. We are looking for partners that can provide us with feedstock (end-of-life) tires, locations, permits and financing. In many cases we also partner with local governments. The best way to get in touch with us is to go to our form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
How much time does it takes to install a manufacturing plant?
On average the construction of a Black Bear line takes around 6 months assuming a timely access to permits and long lead items from vendors. The design concept is modular and has a nameplate output capacity of around 5 kton of carbon black a year. Black Bear and its contracted engineers will arrange all of the required engineering aspects with detailed consideration into all site-specific conditions and requirements. We will work closely with the tire collector/investor(s) and provide all information required to the authorities, for example, for permitting, to expedite the process.